Film News: ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Tops Chicago Film Critics Association 2015 Best Film Nominees

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CHICAGO – The adrenalin-fueled “Mad Max: Fury Road” topped the Chicago Film Critics Association nominations list for 2015, announced on Monday, December 14th. Other notable multi-category nominees included “Carol,” “The Revenant” and “Inside Out.” Jennifer Jason Leigh scored a double nomination in the Best Supporting Actress category for “The Hateful Eight” and “Anomalisa,” and Amy Schumer got a nod for Most Promising Performer with “Trainwreck.”

Mad Max: Fury Road
’Mad Max: Fury Road’ Received Seven Nominations from the Chicago Film Critics Association
Photo credit: Warner Bros.

The Chicago Film Critics Association is an organization that oversees many events in the Chicagoland area, including the Chicago Film Critics Awards, the Chicago Critics Film Festival and various film discussions and events around the city and surrounding suburbs. The nominees for the CFCA best of 2015 films are…

StarBest Picture
Inside Out
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant

StarBest Director
Todd Haynes—Carol
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu—The Revenant
Tom McCarthy—Spotlight
Adam McKay—The Big Short
George Miller—Mad Max: Fury Road

StarBest Actress
Cate Blanchett – Carol
Brie Larson – Room
Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn
Charlize Theron – Mad Max: Fury Road

StarBest Actor
Christopher Abbott—James White
Leonardo DiCaprio—The Revenant
Michael Fassbender—Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne—The Danish Girl
Jason Segel—The End of the Tour

StarBest Supporting Actress
Jennifer Jason Leigh—Anomalisa
Jennifer Jason Leigh—The Hateful Eight
Cynthia Nixon—James White
Kristen Stewart—Clouds of Sils Maria
Alicia Vikander—Ex Machina

StarBest Supporting Actor
Benicio Del Toro—Sicario
Sam Elliott—Grandma
Mark Rylance—Bridge of Spies
Michael Shannon—99 Homes
Sylvester Stallone—Creed

StarBest Original Screenplay
Bridge of Spies—Matt Charman and Joel & Ethan Coen
Ex Machina—Alex Garland
The Hateful Eight—Quentin Tarantino
Inside Out—Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley
Spotlight—Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer

StarBest Adapted Screenplay
Anomalisa—Charlie Kaufman

The Big Short—Adam McKay & Charles Randolph

Brooklyn—Nick Hornby

Room—Emma Donoghue

Steve Jobs—Aaron Sorkin

StarBest Foreign Language Film
The Assassin
The Look of Silence
Son of Saul
White God

StarBest Documentary
Cartel Land
The Hunting Ground
The Look of Silence
Where to Invade Next

StarBest Animated Feature
The Good Dinosaur
Inside Out
The Peanuts Movie
The Shaun the Sheep Movie

StarBest Art Direction/Production Design
The Assassin
Crimson Peak
Mad Max: Fury Road

StarBest Cinematography
Carol—Edward Lachman
The Hateful Eight—Robert RIchardson
Mad Max: Fury Road—John Seale
The Revenant—Emmanuel Lubezki
Sicario—Roger Deakins

StarBest Editing
The Big Short—Hank Corwin
Mad Max: Fury Road—Jason Ballantine & Margaret Sixel
The Martian—Pietro Scalia
The Revenant—Stephen Mirrione
Spotlight—Tom McArdle

StarBest Original Score
Carol—Carter Burwell
The Hateful Eight—Ennio Morricone
Inside Out—Michael Giacchino
It Follows—Disasterpeace
Mad Max: Fury Road—Junkie XL

StarMost Promising Performer
Christopher Abbott—James White
Bel Powley—The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Geza Rohrig—Son of Saul
Amy Schumer—Trainwreck
Jacob Tremblay—Room

StarMost Promising Filmmaker
Alex Garland—Ex Machina
Marielle Heller—The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Josh Mond—James White
Laszlo Nemes—Son of Saul
Bill Pohlad—Love & Mercy

The best of 2015 films will be announced by the Chicago Film Critics Association on Wednesday, December 16th. For more information about the nominees and the CFCA, click here. senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

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